Posted By Kathleen David on September 9, 2013
Today is my 50th Birthday. I have lived half a century and am looking forward to the next half and beyond.
I started my birthday in a car on the way back from my stepdaughter Gwen’s wedding. It was a lovely ceremony and reception. I am very happy for her and her husband.
This morning I got up with Caroline, as it is the first day of school. We finished the school paperwork and made sure she had everything on the list. I took her to the bus stop and met the new kids and parents for this year along with catching up with last year’s bus stoppers.
I am going to lunch at my favorite local pub and my ladies bowling league starts tonight so that’s my day in a nutshell. Tomorrow I have my birthday party at the Ducks Baseball game. Should be fun.
I did read my letters this morning. The one I wrote 10 years ago spoke a lot about Caroline and how I was enjoying being mother. I didn’t get most of the other tasks I set myself done but I am not beating myself up about it since life took some other turns. It is all good. It is interesting to see what was important to me then and how much is important to me now. Priorities, I have them.
Here is this years letter that I will open next year. I also get to write the letter I will open up when I turn 60.
The past year was a bit of a roller coaster with some wonderful high point and spectacular low points. You had to face mortality rather sharply. Things are getting back to an even keel but still life has changed drastically in a year.
So I am hoping that I took that heart to heart talk I had with myself about taking better care of myself. I need to be around for Peter and Caroline and I need to be able to move with minimum discomfort. We know what we need to do. I just hoped we executed it.
I have been getting a lot of compliments on my web log and writing style since I picked up a bunch of readers after Peter’s stroke. I need to work on finding a way to take that and see if I can really get some stuff published. Did you follow through and check with friends and editors to see if there were any anthologies you can be part of or get the novel to a point that you sent it to an agent who has already agreed to look at it based on the concept? You can write now I hope you have figured out how to get some additional income by writing.
This past year has not been your most creative by far but there were extenuating circumstances that just couldn’t be helped. I am hoping that you did more this past year and found some more venues to show/sell your work. And that you finally got the web site up and the business cards revamped/done would be nice too.
How many cats do we have left? We lost Treat and Vanillie. Stalin and Millie are getting up there. Figgy is bouncing around like the youngest she is.
So enjoy the first year in your 50s. I hoped to remember to stop and take time to smell the roses.
Kath on her first day at 50
I am grateful for the first 50 years of my life. It has been a great ride so far.